New Line Cinema’s ‘The Nun II’ Streaming on Max Beginning Oct. 27

New Line Cinema’s horror sequel The Nun II will stream on the Max platform beginning Oct. 27.

The next chapter in the story of The Nun — the highest grossing release ($206.2 million) in the $2 billion “The Conjuring” universe, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary — takes place in 1956 France. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel follows Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun.

Michael Chaves (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) directs, from a screenplay by Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing and Akela Cooper, with a story by Cooper, based on characters created by James Wan and Gary Dauberman.

The movie will be available to purchase on 4K UHD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and regular digital on Nov. 14.

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‘The Nun 2’ Edges ‘Expend4bles’ Debut in Lowest Box Office Weekend of the Year

The New Line Cinema horror sequel The Nun 2 generated another $8.4 million in third-weekend ticket sales to hold off the theatrical debut of Lionsgate and Millennium Media’s Expend4bles, which took in an estimated $8.3 million across 3,518 North American screens.

It’s the lowest box office weekend of the year, and the lowest debut for the R-rated action franchise. The fourth installment is again headlined by Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, with newcomers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia.

Lionsgate acquired North American and U.K. rights to the fourth “Expendables” film, which is still projected to deliver a profit to the studio.

Finishing third was Disney’s A Haunting in Venice, which generated an estimated $6.3 million in its second weekend to bring its domestic total to $25.3 million.

Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 followed with a projected $4.73 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $81.26 million through Sunday.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie rounded out the top five, adding $3.2 million to bring its North American tally near $630.5 million, despite the movie being available for home viewing across digital channels, both for purchase and for rent.

Universal Pictures’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 saw another $3 million in revenue to up its three-week tally near $24 million. The new Neon Indian horror release It Lives Inside sold $2.6 million in tickets in its debut, while Columbia Pictures and Black Bear Pictures’ comedy drama Dumb Money entered its second weekend and is projected to make $2.5 million for the weekend, bringing its total gross to $2.8 million through Sunday.

Finally, Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics superhero Blue Beetle added $1.81 million to up its total near $70 million in its sixth weekend. Universal’s Oppenheimer added $1.63 million in revenue to up its total past $321 million after 10 weekends of release.

‘Shazam! 2’ Posts Muted ‘Fury’ at Weekend Box Office Debut

New Line Cinema’s DC Comics sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods had a mediocre opening weekend, grossing an estimated $30.5 million in domestic box office revenue ($65 million worldwide) through March 19. That’s about $5 million less than studio estimates, but above a $27.6 million projection by Box Office Mojo.

The $30.5 million tally across more than 4,000 North American screens is 44% less than the $53.5 million debut for the original Shazam! in 2019. It does mark Warner Bros. Discovery’s top box office debut in 2023 thus far, supplanting last month’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance with $25.9 million in ticket sales.

More importantly, Fury of the Gods, which again stars Zachary Levi as he quirky title character, underscores ongoing concerns regarding the DC brand (lower opening than 2020’s Birds of Prey), and the super hero genre in general.

While Marvel Studios continues to dominate the box office, speaking earlier this month at an investor event in San Francisco, Disney CEO Bob Iger questioned mindlessly churning out superhero sequels.

Indeed, the recent Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania largely disappeared following its disappointing box office premiere. The threequel added $4.1 million in revenue to finished No. 5 over the weekend.

“What we have to look at at Marvel is not necessarily the volume of Marvel storytelling, but how many times we go back to the well on certain characters,” Iger told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.

Regardless, WBD is staking much of its theatrical future on DC Cinematic Universe characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Joker, Superman and Aquaman, among others. Whether Shazam! and Black Adam (which generated similar social media critic scores to Fury) remain in the mix seems questionable.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ previous weekend champ, Scream VI, sold $17.5 million in tickets in its sophomore weekend for No. 2, upping its North American tally around $80 million.

MGM Studios’ boxing drama Creed III rounded out the podium with $15.3 million in ticket sales across almost 3,500 screens, upping its three-week tally to almost $128 million.

Sony Pictures’ astronaut thriller 65 finished No. 4 over the weekend, adding  $5.8 million in ticket sales to up its two week tally past $22 million.

‘House Party’ Reboot Available for Premium Digital Rental and Purchase Jan. 31, on Disc Feb. 14

The comedy House Party will be available for premium digital rental ($19.99) and purchase ($24.99) Jan. 31, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD beginning Feb. 14 from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

In the reboot of the franchise that spawned from the 1990 movie of the same name,  House Party follows aspiring club promoters and best buds Damon (Tosin Cole) and Kevin (Jacob Latimore) who are barely keeping things together. Out of money, down on their luck and about to lose the roofs over their heads — and freshly fired from their low-lift jobs as house cleaners — the pair needs a huge windfall to make their problems go away. In a “what the hell?” move, they decide to host the party of the year at an exclusive mansion, the site of their last cleaning job, which just happens to belong to none other than LeBron James.

The film made $8 million at the global box office.

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Warner’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Tops Weekend Box Office with $19.2 Million Debut

Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line’s thriller Don’t Worry Darling met expectations, generating more than a projected $19 million in ticket sales across more than 4,100 North American screens through Sept. 25. The Olivia Wilde directed movie saw pre-debut noise ratchet up following allegations — all denied — of on-set issues between the director and lead actress Florence Pugh, and a romantic fling with lead actor Harry Styles.

The movie, which received mediocre reviews, should end the weekend with more than $30 million in revenue when including overseas markets such as Styles’ U.K. homeland, which added more than $3.1 million in revenue.

In the No. 2 spot was the previous weekend’s chart topper, Sony Pictures/eOne period actioner The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, which saw an estimated $11.2 million in ticket sales, bringing the movie’s 10-day total past $36 million.

Rounding out the podium was the 2009 re-release of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar, which generated an impressive $10 million in domestic revenue, and $30.5 million globally. The tallies added to the film’s all-time record box office of more than $2.8 billion.

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The result bodes well for director Jim Cameron’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, which is slated to debut on Dec. 16.

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home generated another $5.4 million, to finish No. 4 and bringing the 2021 box office champ’s worldwide total near $1.92 billion.

Smaller-budget movie Barbarian (20th Century Studios) realized a projected $4.8 million in ticket sales, bringing the movie’s three-weekend total past $28 million. Disney’s Searchlight studio saw another $1.9 million in ticket sales from See How They Run, followed closely by A24’s Pearl.

Scream Factory Presents ‘Friday the 13th’ Blu-ray Boxed Set Oct. 13

To mark the 40th anniversary of the original “Friday the 13th” film, Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Oct. 13. The 16-disc Blu-ray set will include all 12 franchise films released by Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema.

It also includes new and existing extras, a new collectible rigid slipcover with newly-commissioned art, a new 40-pg collectible essay booklet with archival still photography, and new 4K film transfers for the first four movies, with part three in its original 3D presentation. Additionally, each film comes with a dedicated Blu-ra case featuring original theatrical artwork.

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The 12 films included in the set are Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake.

The new boxed set is limited to a run of 13,000 copies. For a limited time, fans who buy the collection through ShoutFactory.com can receive an exclusive 36×24-inch lithograph featuring new artwork from artist Devon Whitehead, and an exclusive 24×36-inch 40th Anniversary poster featuring new artwork from artist Joel Robinson.

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Among the features of each movie are:

Friday the 13th (two discs):

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative (theatrical cut and unrated cut);
  • Audio Commentary by director Sean S. Cunningham, screenwriter Victor Miller and more (unrated cut);
  • “Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th”;
  • “The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham”;
  • A Friday the 13th Reunion;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 1”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.S. Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.K. Radio Spot (New to the Set);
  • U. S. Theatrical Trailer;
  • International Theatrical Trailer (New to the Set).

 

Friday the 13th Part 2:

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative;
  • Amy Steel podcast interview;
  • Inside Crystal Lake Memories: The Book;
  • “Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 2”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part 3:

  • New 4K scan from the original film elements;
  • Contains both the 2D and a new 3D version;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker and Dana Kimmell;
  • “Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror”;
  • “Legacy of the Mask”;
  • “Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 3”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter:

  • New 4K scan from the original camera negative;
  • Audio Commentary by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 4”;
  • Slashed Scenes with audio commentary by director Joseph Zito;
  • “Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”;
  • The Lost Ending;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I”;
  • Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning:

  • New audio commentary with Melanie Kinnaman, Deborah Voorhees and Tiffany Helm;
  • Audio Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, actors John Shepherd and Shavar Ross;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales of Camp Blood Part 5”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II”;
  • “New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

  • New audio Commentary with Thom Mathews, Vinny Gustaferro, Kerry Noonan, Cynthia Kania and CJ Graham;
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Tom McLoughlin;
  • Audio Commentary With writer/director Tom McLoughlin, actor Vincent Guastaferro and editor Bruce Green;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 6”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III”:
  • Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI”;
  • “Meeting Mr. Voorhees”;
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood:

  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actor Kane Hodder;
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder;
  • “Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII”;
  • “Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis”;
  • “Makeover by Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My A**”;
  • Slashed Scenes with introduction;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

  • Audio Commentary with director Rob Hedden;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett and Kane Hodder;
  • “New York Has A New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan”;
  • Slashed Scenes;
  • Gag Reel;
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to Set).

 

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (two discs):

  • New 2K scan of the original film elements (Theatrical Version);
  • New 2K scan of the original film elements with HD inserts (Unrated Version)
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Adam Marcus and Kane Hodder;
  • New audio Commentary with Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Audio Commentary with director Adam Marcus and screenwriter Dean Lorey;
  • Additional TV footage with new optional audio commentary with director Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to the Set).

 

Jason X:

  • New audio commentary with Kane Hodder, writer Todd Farmer and Peter Bracke;
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Kristi Angus and Todd Farmer;
  • Audio commentary with director Jim Isaac, writer Todd Farmer and producer Noel Cunningham;
  • “The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees,” a documentary on the history of Jason;
  • “By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Jason X“ making-of/production documentary;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spot (New to the Set).

 

Freddy vs. Jason:

  • Audio commentary by director Ronny Yu, and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger;
  • 21 deleted/alternate scenes, Including the original opening and ending with optional commentary by director Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis;
  • Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film’s development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts and principal photography;
  • Visual effects exploration;
  • “My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash”;
  • Pre-fight press conference at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas;
  • Original Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots;
  • “How Can I Live” music video by Ill Nino.

 

Friday the 13th (2009):

  • Includes the theatrical cut and the special extended version;
  • “Hacking Back/Slashing Forward” — remembering the groundbreaking original movie;
  • Terror Trivia Track with Picture-In-Picture with comments from the cast and crew;
  • “The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees,” a look at the making of the film;
  • Additional Slashed Scenes;
  • The Best 7 Kills.

 

Bonus Disc 1:

  • New interview with composer Harry Manfredini;
  • New location featurette on Parts 1 & 2;
  • “The Friday the 13th Chronicles” — an eight-part featurette;
  • “Secrets Galore Behind the Gore” — a three-part featurette;
  • “Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!”;
  • Tales from the Cutting Room Floor;
  • “Friday the 13th” artifacts and collectibles;
  • “Jason Forever” — a Q&A with Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham and Kane Hodder;
  • More TBA.

 

Bonus Disc 2:

  • Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed (2014) — including interviews with Adrienne King and Melanie Kinnaman (78 minutes);
  • Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2013) — including interviews with Corey Feldman and John Carl Buechler (75 minutes)
  • Trailer Reel — all 12 trailers in a row;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) TV Spots;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit;
  • More TBA.

 

All 12 films were previously released in a boxed set by Warner in cooperation with Paramount in 2013, but with fewer extras and without the Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday unrated cut.

Paramount in June released a 40th anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray of the original film.